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First look at new reality show 'Celebrity Mamas of Atlanta' featuring moms of T.I., Tiny and more


The Real Housewives of Atlanta will have to make room for a new generation of reality stars.

Next month, "Celebrity Mamas of Atlanta" brings the moms of some of the biggest names on Atlanta's music scene to reality television.

The eight women featured on the show (premiering Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. on Peachtree TV) include the moms of T.I., Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Ca$h Out, J.Holiday, Keke Wyatt,  Rasheeda, K Camp and Syleena Johnson.

"The women are amazing women and we thought the world would love to see that these women have personalities of their own," said Tara Thomas, executive producer and co-creator of the show and owner of the Tara Thomas Agency.

Thomas' partner Maretta Johnson was inspired by Mama Joyce (mother of RHOA's Kandi Burruss) to create a show that focused on the often outspoken and dynamic moms behind celebrities. Thomas once served as Mama Joyce's publicist and knew she could leverage her contacts in the music industry to find other great personalities.

When the women showed up at a casting call, they all left a big impression. Mama Holiday (J. Holiday's mom)  announced she was in the ministry, but doesn't have a church. She just ministers to anyone who seems as if they need her help.

When Mama Wyatt (Keke Wyatt's mom) sang, everyone marveled at her voice (she was a singer before she gave birth to one).

Viewers will probably be interested to see the dynamic between the two mamas whose children are married.  "Let’s just say they get along. They have two different personalities. Mama Diane (Tiny's mom) is Southern comfort and Mama T.I. (T.I.'s mom) is sweet but she is a quiet storm," Thomas said.

Here's a look at the action from the official trailer:

If you're looking for lots of drama, look elsewhere. "We didn’t have any arguments on the set. The women get along rather well and the kids are still their mamas' babies," said Thomas.

One highlight from the six episode series is when the women decide to try their hands at sketching nudes. There are also a few cameo appearances from their celebrity kids. The show is unscripted, Thomas said, and the women forget the cameras are on them. These are women with stories to tell, she said.

"They go through so much but they stand strong when it comes to their children. They are not blinded by the lights and they have their own money. Whatever the children do for them is extra," Thomas said. "They want to show the world that it was this way before their children became stars."

Thomas thinks viewers will be pleasantly surprised and that a glimpse of the celebrity mamas will leave them wanting more. "They will probably want to see the dads next," she said.


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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.